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Giotto produced Shroud of Turin, Italian author claims

June 06, 2011

In a new book, an Italian author has made the claim that the Shroud of Turin was fabricated by Giotto in 1315.

Luciano Buso says that a careful examination of the Shroud shows “a number of occurrences of the number 15.” He says that this number means that Giotto produced the work in the year 1315. He also claims that Giotto signed the work, although none of the many thousands of people who have previously examined the Shroud have seen that signature.

Buso’s astonishing theory leaves a number of obvious questions unanswered: Why would the great artist choose not to reveal his role in producing the work? Why would he use the number 15, rather than the full date 1315? If the numbers were significant, why did Giotto hide them so that they would not be discovered for nearly 7 centuries?

More importantly, Buso does not explain how the image of the Shroud was produced.


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